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January 09, 2013

U2's The Edge Announces Music Rising National Relief Fund

Music initiative will help restore music education programs affected by Hurricane Sandy

U2's The Edge surveys the devastation left behind from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Photo credit: Shahar Azran

Music has long been a source of strength in times of need. That’s never been more clear than in the musical response to Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction last October. ASCAP members Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin (PRS), Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Paul McCartney (PRS) and more performed in the 12.12.12. Concert for Sandy Relief; in the wake of the hurricane, we’ve heard from many ASCAP members who’ve written songs to help cope with the lives lost, and donated their time and money to relief efforts.

The amazing work of the music community continues with Music Rising, an initiative co-founded by U2’s The Edge (PRS/ASCAP). Initially set up in 2005 to rebuild and preserve the music of the Gulf South region after Hurricane Katrina, Music Rising has expanded its mission.

The Edge recently announced that Music Rising is now working to restore music education programs interrupted by natural disasters throughout the US. The initial donation being made by the new, nationwide Music Rising program is $250,000 to help rebuild school music programs in the tri-state area that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

If you are a victim of Hurricane Sandy and wish to apply for assistance, email DeAnna Sanchez at Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation at, or call directly at 818-762-4328.

Music Rising is actively seeking support and endowments to continue its ongoing work. For more information about Music Rising or to make a donation, go to